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United Way Born Learning Academy Program

Grants to West Virginia Schools for Early Childhood
Learning Programs to Prepare Families for Kindergarten

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Education Alliance

Conf. Date:

12/15/17

Deadline Date:

01/19/18

Description:

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Grants of $12,000 to West Virginia schools to implement early childhood (birth to PreK) learning programs for families. Funding is intended to engage schools and families in hands-on activities, discussions, and strategies to prepare children for kindergarten and maximize early learning and development.

Curriculum
The goal of the academy is to help parents prepare their child for kindergarten entry by providing information about what it means to be ready for kindergarten and by offering them strategies they can use at home to maximize their child's early learning and development. Research-based materials from the Born Learning public engagement campaign were used to create the required curriculum for the program. The short term outcome is to increase knowledge of program participants while the longer term outcome is to foster behavior change in the daily routines/lives of the families involved. Ultimately more families will form a relationship with the school and more children will be better prepared for school when they enter kindergarten.

Program Setting and Format
Academies must take place in an elementary school setting. If families are engaged in positive interactions in the school setting before school even begins, they are more likely to feel welcomed and remain engaged. Children are also more likely to be ready for kindergarten when parents, schools and communities work together to meet the needs of the child.

The Academies are structured around six workshop sessions. Sessions are led by the designated facilitator of the academy. Topics include:
1) Series Overview
2) How Children Learn
3) Nutrition & Health
4) Routines & Learning on the Go
5) Ready to Read: Building Your Child's Language Skills
6) Building Relationships

Schools use the grant funding to support the key elements of Born Learning Academy sessions and to offer:

- Family-style dinner for families and children
- Child care for children of participants
- Fun hands-on learning sessions for children
- Activity and discussion based sessions for parents
- Opportunity for families to model what they learned with their children
- Door prizes and incentives for increased attendance
- Third-party program evaluation

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170371

Number of Grants:

3-6

Estimated Size of Grant:

$12,000 over 3 years

Term of Contract:

Funding is intended for a period of three years starting the 2018-2019 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

West Virginia schools may apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An optional Technical Assistance Call will be held on December 15, 2017 at3:30 PM for any school interested in applying.

See Contact Information below for calling information.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:

- December 15, 2017, 3:30 PM: Optional Technical Assistance Call for Interested Schools
- January 19, 2018: School Applications Due
- March 30, 2018: Participating Schools Identified
- May/June 2018: Coordinator/Facilitator Training
- August 2018: Program Launch

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Technical Assistance Call-In Information:
- Applying Call In Number: 304-391- 5940
- Conference Number: 1244486

Applications may be submitted in one of three ways.

Email applications to Gretchen@educationalliance.org.

Fax to 304-342- 0046.

Mail to:
The Education Alliance
803 Quarrier Street, Suite 500
Charleston WV 25301

For more information contact The Education Alliance at 304-342-7851 or email the address above.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia